RML Hospital denies sharing false Covid-19 reports as claimed by AAP

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The Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital in Delhi has denied sharing ‘false’ Covid-19 positive results as claimed by the Delhi government.

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday claimed that the Centre-run RML Hospital was giving out “erroneous” Covid-19 test results and violating government norms of submitting the same within 48 hours.

However, in an exclusive conversation with India Today TV, RML medical superintendent Dr Minakshi Bhardwaj completely denied the allegations.

“The samples weren’t the same and weren’t collected the day when RML did. They (AAP) got the tests done after 6-11 days. By which time, the patient is in recovery and thus, the results were negative. This can’t be called a discrepancy,” Dr Bhardwaj said.

The hospital medical superintendent said the doctors and the staff work within the ethical code and there is no malpractice. “We have no idea why the Delhi government is making such accusations but it does bother us because we are already in the thick of things, RML is already crowded,” Dr Bhardwaj added.

“RML does both intra-laboratory quality control and inter-laboratory quality control where we send the samples for testing to ICMR, AIIMS, Lady Harding etc to be sure that our testing is foolproof. We have always received 100 per cent concordant results,” Dr Bhardwaj said.

Addressing a press conference, AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha on Wednesday said that “the tests were done within 24 hours after the samples were declared (Covid-19) positive by the RML Hospital”.

To which, the MS said: “I don’t know how they are saying that the samples were collected 24 hours after RML did. That can’t be possible.”

The AAP leader also accused RML Hospital of violating Delhi government and High Court guidelines of submitting Covid-19 test results within 48 hours of testing. “But unfortunately, the RML Hospital has completely violated these protocols. They have submitted the results after 72 hours, six days, seven days, 10 days and even after 31 days,” Raghav Chadha said at the press conference.

This too was dismissed by Dr Bhardwaj who said that RML has not been late with submitting Covid-19 test results.

“We started testing from the month of March. Since then, we have always submitted the results within 24-48 hours. Only for a short while in April, when there was a shortage of PPE kits, were we unable to test people in time and there was a delay in the submission of results. Otherwise, we not only submit the results in time but also inform them on a regular basis,” Dr Bhardwaj said.

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